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Have you ever thought …

The best way I know to help choose what direction our community, state or nation moves toward is by voting for people who best reflect ...

September 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale this week

It's a big weekend of music in Covington this week, so let's get right down to it.

September 22, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Clamato and moose and Vegemite … oh, my!

Clamato juice. Kangaroo meat. Moose sausage. Vegemite. ANZAC biscuits.

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Piedmont Academy homecoming court named

The 2016 homecoming festivities for Piedmont Academy concluded Sept. 9 with the crowning of Ashley Johnston as Miss Cougar and Bailyn Whitaker as Miss Homecoming ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dan Forster honored with National Seth Gordon Award

Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


For the love of Fall

Although fall hasn't officially arrived yet, I've been enjoying the milder weather as if it was my favorite time of year already. After ...

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Telling it like it is

Although fall hasn't officially arrived yet, I've been enjoying the milder weather as if it was my favorite time of year already. After ...

September 18, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

The death of a loved one, or someone close to us, is very difficult to deal with. Grief is a challenge for even the strongest ...

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Reaching nirvana through lawn maintenance

Cutting grass is a passion of mine, and I believe it to be good for the soul. I truly do.

September 18, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


A new time in Covington music

The music around town continues this week, even though one of the venues regularly featured in this space has closed recently. But other venues are ...

September 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Irwin: Bicycle helmets are the cause of Armadillo migration

Around Covington - even though it is just the 10th day of September and two weeks will pass before the Autumnal Equinox - the school year has ...

September 11, 2016 | Andy Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Too many times we wait until we are upset about something to speak up. When we hear of a "town hall," we may think it ...

September 11, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big week of music in the Mill Village

There's another epic week of music on the horizon, so grab a plate and dig into to the smorgasbord that is the Music Minute.

September 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald houses

Raise your hands, if you are ready for a major medical diagnosis in your family?

September 04, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LIVING


Children are a gift from God to love and cherish

If you keep reading after the first paragraph or two, you may find yourself checking to see if another author might have penned this column ...

September 04, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


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Irwin: Why do I live in Covington? It's home.

While hashing out the idea of writing my column about Southern small town life, I settled on the name Neurotically Sentimental.

January 31, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


How we trust in God as a community and a nation?

Recently there have been debates about the use of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." It is found on the dollar bill, on the wall of the Supreme Court, and on many of our car tags. There are those that voices object to its use. They base their objection on the separation of Church and State.

January 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Blood drive to be held in memory of Jeff Blount

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 2-7 p.m. in memory of Jeff Blount at Prospect United Methodist Church in Covington, where he was an active member.

January 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Where does the trails efforts stand in our area?

Since 1998 a group of our neighbors have been committed to the dream of building a system of trials throughout our communities. They would be there for both recreational opportunities as well as being a part of a viable transportation system. The vision would have the trails connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial centers and parks.

January 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What really matters to you and your life?

For most of you reading this column today, you are still in the Happy New Year stage of the year. Oh, I know that 2016 started early Friday morning. But for most of us we have not had time to break any resolutions we made or mess up the year too bad yet. So for the next 12 months what really matters to you and your life?

January 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Why do we seem to limit so much of the goodness of Christmas to a few weeks?

December 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What is the Grinch all about?

This coming week sees the last of the special Christmas events brought to us by Main Street Covington under the leadership of Velinda Wheeles and her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What it takes to make Covington special?

One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.

November 29, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Everybody has a story

I've been asking children, "Does American history only happen to famous people?"

November 22, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LIVING


Who cares for those furry friends who have no voice?

Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.

November 15, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Thank your veterans

Have you ever thought about what Veterans Day is all about? On Wednesday we will pause as a nation and as a community to honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the spring we have Memorial Day in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this Wednesday is not only for them but all the men and women who have ever been in the service. It is an official federal holiday with most government offices and financial institution closed.

November 08, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How can I help reduce hunger in our community?

One out of five residents of our county is living in poverty. This makes providing enough for themselves and their families to eat is a challenge. In the midst of having plenty, we face the challenge of hunger.

November 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What is Halloween all about?

This coming Saturday, October 31, is Halloween -an "unofficial" holiday that is observed by most. Driving around Covington you can see ghosts and skeletons hanging from trees, tombstones in front yards and pumpkins on the front porches. There are big blow-up figures and lights much like Christmas, except this time they maybe black cats and jack-a-lanterns. The lights will most likely be orange.

October 25, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


4-H’ers celebrate Patriot Day

I was in college on September 11, 2001. In those long days afterward, friends would discuss how they never wanted to bring kids into this new, scary world.

October 24, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LIVING


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